Thunder Killer LaMarcus Aldridge carries Spurs to win over Thunder, 121-112

1) LMA continues to kill OKC: LaMarcus Aldridge picked up where he left off last season by continuing his dominance over the Thunder. Aldridge averaged 33.3 points per game on 58.5 percent shooting from the field and 9.3 rebounds per game. Aldridge ended this game with 39 points on 19-23 shooting including a streak where he made 11 consecutive field goals. 12 of Aldridge’s made field goals came from the mid-range. It’s not like the Thunder weren’t defending him well either, he was just making tough shots that the Thunder couldn’t do much about.

2) CP3 looking better: Chris Paul had a good game tonight, finishing with 19 points on 7-14 shooting and five assists. Six of the seven made field goals came from jumpers including two deep threes. Paul started the season off slow but has been playing better recently, averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 assists in his previous three games.

3) Gallinari’s efficient scoring: Danillo Gallinari had his most efficient scoring game this season tonight, scoring 27 points on 7-10 shooting including 5-6 from three. All of Gallinari’s made shots were jumpers, with five being catch and shoot assisted threes.

4) Thunder can’t win in San Antonio: The Thunder extended their regular season losing streak in games played in San Antonio to nine games tonight, with their last win being on Christmas Day in 2014. The Thunder just can’t seem to be able to win in San Antonio no matter who’s on the rosters for either teams.

5) Good game for SGA: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress with his consistency by scoring 21 points on 9-18 shooting. Gilgeous-Alexander’s driving ability continues to impress, he just has such a slow and controlled rhythm when he attacks the basket. It feels like he’s in control and knows how to finesse his way to the basket. Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in USG% at 29.2 which is what most Thunder fans hope to continue to happen. Gilgeous-Alexander also finished with three assists and one rebound.

6) OKC D struggles in the 3rd: The Thunder gave up 56 points on 51.1 shooting from the field to the Spurs. In the third quarte the Spurs erupted for 36 points on 58.3 shooting that essentially ended the game. The Spurs moved the ball around well in the third quarter by assisting on eight of their 14 made field goals. The Thunder played good defense but the Spurs, mostly Aldridge, made even better shots.

7) Spurs win the battle of the boards: The Spurs won the rebounding battle tonight 47 to 31 with 12 of those rebounds being on the offensive side. Fortunately for the Thunder, the Spurs weren’t able to take advantage of those offensive rebounds as they only managed to score four second chance points. But still, the team with the rebounding advantage usually wins the game and that turned out to be the case this game. Steven Adams, the Thunder’s best rebounder, only managed to grab five rebounds tonight in 27 minutes.

8) Spurs shooting the Mid-Range: The Spurs have been known for their lethal mid-range game because of their star duo of DeMar DeRozan and Aldridge. The Spurs lead the NBA in Mid-Range attempts per game. The Spurs zag while the rest of the league zigs and that was on full display tonight. The Spurs only shot 20 three pointers compared to 35 non-paint two pointers.

9) Schroder struggles shooting: Dennis Schroder had a rough shooting night, scoring just 11 points on 4-11 shooting. But Schroder was able to contribute in other ways such as dishing out nine assists. Schroder finished second on the team in USG% at 27.6 and third in shot attempts at 11. That shouldn’t be the case on this team, other players would be better beneficiaries of those shots and USG%.

10) Diallo the best bench player tonight: Hamidou Diallo had a real nice game off the bench tonight, scoring 11 points on an efficient 5-9 from the field in a season-high 32 minutes. Diallo made his second three pointer of the season on a corner three tonight. Seven of the nine shot attempts came in the paint, you would like for Diallo to take more jump shots but his progression as a player this season has been a bright side nonetheless. Diallo finished with the second best DRtg on the team with 15+ minutes tonight at 107.7, Darius Bazley was first with an impressive 88.6 DRtg.

Next Game: The 3-5 Thunder take on the 2-6 Warriors on Saturday, November 9th.

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